Spend less dough getting into the fair so you have more to spend on the fried dough inside! Here are some ways that the State Fair folks are saving you money this year:
Today is Tuesday, so that means all children 12 and younger get in for free, and those carnival rides will cost you just $1 each today.Â This applies to next Tuesday, too.
Today, August 19th,Â is First Responders Day, so all First Responders (in our out of uniform) with proper identification gain free admission. (OK, so I have a First Responder card from my CPR/AED/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens certification — would that get me in? They mean firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and the like, right?)
All guests can gain admission for just $5 before 5pm on Thursdays and Mondays (excluding Labor Day), and you can park for free until 4pm.
If you’re a senior citizen (and I know we have lots of those reading the ‘rag), you’ll get in for $6 before 6pm on Friday. Seniors also get “Free Wheel Rides,” but I have no idea what that means.
Other ways to save a few dollars:
– Kids can read three books and get three free carnival rides by filling out a Read & Ride report form and turning it in at Guest Services. You can score an additional free ride ticket by visiting the Golden 1 booth.
– Bring some of your own food and drink: You can bring outside food, as long as it’s in paper or plastic containers. Ice chests will be searched, and no glass bottles, aluminum cans, or alcohol will be allowed.
(The one thing that’s not listed as being free is Poppy’s love for all of the citizens of California. I won’t let my disappointment that I haven’t seen Poppy at all in my past three of three visits to the State Fair tarnish my affection for the golden fluffball. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, POPPY! I love you! )